Boosting tourism in Kankakee County: $16K grant announced


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KANKAKEE, Ill. – The Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau has received a $16,527 grant from the Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program, funded by a federal Economic Development Administration grant, to boost tourism marketing efforts.

The grant will specifically be used to maximize the distribution of the 2023 Visitor Guide, a comprehensive guide to Kankakee County’s attractions, accommodations, outdoor and indoor activities, performances, events, festivals, and more.

According to Nicole Gavin, Executive Director of Visit Kankakee, the guide is vital to attracting overnight visitors and promoting economic growth in the area. The guide covers 22 communities and strives to include all visitor-centric destinations.

State Senator Patrick Joyce, who joined the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in announcing the grant, emphasized the importance of tourism to local economies. The Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program is awarding $2.9 million to 51 grantees for promotional efforts by local governments, municipalities, non-profits, and local promotional groups.

By attracting visitors to destinations, attractions, and events throughout Illinois, the program seeks to stimulate economic growth in the state. For a full list of grant recipients, visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.


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